Europe seems to be fond of decorating its churches with human remains. Yesterday's post about a Polish bone chapel elicited helpful suggestions of more such architecture.
For example, the Chapel of Bones in Evora, Portugal.
rather than interring the bones behind closed doors, the monks, who were concerned about society's values at the time, thought it best to put them on display. They thought this would provide Evora, a town noted for its wealth in the early 1600s, with a helpful place to meditate on the transience of material things in the undeniable presence of death.
This is made clear by the thought-provoking message above the chapel door: "Nós ossos que aqui estamos, pelos vossos esperamos," or: "We bones that are here, for your bones we wait."
The place is lined with human remains, apparently.
We can find a similar structure in the middle of the Czech Republic, the Sedlac Ossuary. It welcomes visitors thusly:
The Wikipedia entry reads like a death metal fantasy:
Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vault.
This is how you do an impressive coat of arms:
Previously on Infocult: a Polish bone chapel.
(many thanks to James Caruso and Alan Wolf on Facebook)